The Dodgers and Twins danced around each other for weeks (or had it been months?) over a supposed deal that would have brought Brian Dozier to Los Angeles. Names that might be headed to Minnesota in a trade swirled like the series of winter storms that have been passing daily over Dodger Stadium.
There were lots of names mentioned in the LA/Minnesota trade rumors. Maybe too many. Apparently the Twins wanted too much, and their tactic of waiting out the Dodgers eventually backfired, because in the end, it took a simple one-for-one trade to fill the Dodgers’ big hole at second base.
RHP De Leon was recently rated the Dodgers’ number three prospect by Baseball America, and his brief stint with the big club late last season showed him to have plenty of potential upside.
30-year-old Forsythe hit .264/.333/.444 with 24 doubles and a career-high 20 home runs for the Rays last season. He started out as an above-average utility man, and word is he’s settled into a reliable and steady defensive player at second base.
He’ll hit free agency at the end of the 2017 season, but the Dodgers aren’t looking at that right now. They’re just plenty happy that Enrique Kike Hernandez isn’t going to be the Opening Day anchor for the infield.
The trade looks like a win-win for both teams, with the Dodgers getting the early edge in Logan Forsythe’s beard, which will join Justin Turner‘s as the second redbeard on the Dodgers’ infield. #Intangibles